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Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest Hardcover – September 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029599116X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295991160
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dispelling the myth that cold, murky waters equal boring waters, Hall has captured the staggering beauty and variety of marine life found in the Pacific Northwest. Although the animals themselves are truly amazing, it is Hall's creative eye and masterful photographic technique that really sets this book apart.

(Jemima Greaves Outdoor Photography Magazine)

Hall has consistently managed to capture patterns, textures and colors…as if they were created on an easel. David Hall is an inspirational master who clearly hasn't yet gotten all of the recognition that he deserves.

(Peter Symes X-ray Magazine)

Hall's images-which, at times, appear to be photographs of life on another planet-reflect not just the amazing diversity of sea life in local waters, but also the spectacular carnival of colors hidden just below the surface.

(Brangien Davis Seattle Magazine 2011-01-00)

He depicts our underwater world in a way that will amaze scuba divers and art lovers alike.

(Tracey Sherlock Vancouver Sun 2011-01-00)

The level of consistency and standard of imagery is quite exceptional and it captures the wild spirit of this corner of the planet page after page.... [I]t is difficult to imagine that there will ever be a better collection of photographs to come out of this area.

(Peter Rowlands Underwater Photography 2012-01-00)

This book offers a fascinating view of the cold-water ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest and artistically illuminates the intriguing underwater world. Hall's images celebrate and explore the amazing diversity found in this valuable and vulnerable ecosystem...

(Jenny Montgomery Photo Life 2012-01-00)

Using state-of-the-art equipment, innovative techniques and electronic strobes, David Hall shows up an underwater world surprising to those who think color and diversity belong to the tropics.

(Marilyn Dahl ShelfAwareness 2011-01-00)

You will never look at the slate-gray waters of Puget Sound with the same eyes after perusing these photos.

(Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times 2011-01-00)

An exuberant celebration of northwest coast marine life said to be the most diverse and spectacular of any coldwater ecosystem on the planet.

(Diver 2012-01-00)

David Hall’s superb images come from one of the most unlikely underwater venues, the Pacific Northwest, where the waters are frigid and often clouded with phytoplankton... Yet these photographs are filled with subtle coloration, and so uniquely composed that you are often left wondering how he did it.

(Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History 2013-01-00)

Oh, what photos!... Hall showcases the arrays of magnificent nudibranches, intricately patterned chitons and colorful sea stars. At the other end of the spectrum, he reveals the remarkable camouflage of octopi and other creatures.

(Barbara Lloyd McMichael The Bellingham Herald 2011-01-00)

... a visual delight...

(Janice Williams Tri-City News 2012-01-00)

A visual feast of Pacific Northwest sea life served with a science lesson on the side. Hall captures personality and emotion where you least expect it.

(Brian Colella Seattle Met 2011-01-00)

An incredible photographic showcase of marine life of the Pacific Northwest, Beneath Cold Seas offers spectacular imagery of the undersea world in our region. Numerous amazing images are accompanied by interesting text that explains the images and the challenges of high-end photography in the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest.

(Peter G. Williams Out There Monthly 2013-01-00)

Cayman Islands, pffft. Hall’s stunning photographs of life beneath the waters of the Pacific Northwest show that cold waters are every bit as luridly colorful as their more temperate counterparts.

(Steve Casmiro Adventure Journal 2014-01-00)

David Hall shoots with the inquiring and exacting eye of a scientist yet the soul and vision of an artist, combining the two to produce uniquely beautiful underwater images that educate as much as they inspire.

(Christopher Newbert, author of Within a Rainbowed Sea)

One of the most impressive photography books we've seen in a long time...

(Ask_Kelly's Blog OhRanger.com 2012-01-00)

This book is a work of art from every possible angle - from the exquisite photographs, to the book's design, to its flawless printing and production process.... Hall has everything right in this book. There is nothing extraneous, and nothing missing. This is a complete and moving immersion in the breathtaking underwater world of the Pacific Northwest.

(National Outdoor Book Award, winner for Design and Artistic Merit)

Rarely photographed underwater creatures can appear alien-their cloudlike, luminous bodies more heavenly than earthly. The cold, dark waters of the Pacific Northwest teem with these otherworldly animals. Renowned photograph David Hall's book documents this delicate ecosystem.

(Della Watson, Sierra Magazine, May/June 2012)

The images are evocative, sensuous, tactile.

(Abby Luby, Westchester Guardian, April 2012)

What's most striking about the book is the color and vibrance that photographer David Hall was able to capture. It's a bit mind-blowing to imagine that hooded nudibranches and grasping octopi found in the book live in the inky depths abutting our very own rocky shores.

(Mirissa Neff, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 2012)

Hall's writing is as eloquent as his full-color photos, with touching vignettes about his curiosity for and experiences shooting crabs, jellyfish, nudibranchs and octopi, and why he goes to such physical extremes to get these cold-water critters on camera.

(Undercurrent, February 2012)

From brilliant anemones to illuminated squid to rococo sea slugs, Hall has documented an Aladdin's Cave worth of visual wonders.

(Bensozia, January 2012)

About the Author

David Hall is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist with an international reputation whose work has been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, Time, BBC Wildlife, Geo, and Terre Sauvage. He is the co-author of ten children's books in Scholastic's Undersea Encounters series and co-author of the scientific paper describing the famous

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We love David Halls photographs and books.
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The photographs are crisp, colorful, serene, stunning, otherworldly ... in short, just amazing.
M. Hyman
I bought this as a gift for a dear friend who scuba dives, and he loves it!
Liska

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alice R on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book has to be seen to be believed. The photographs of the underwater animals and plants that live in the Pacific Northwest are outrageously beautiful - indescribable in a simple book review. But equally interesting are the photographic techniques described in the text. David Hall has created the perfect gift for divers, nature lovers, photographers, environmentalists. I had no idea that these fabulous creatures live in the cold waters of our continent. Pick it up - you won't put it down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Jurain on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We love David Halls photographs and books. We have been a fan for many years. His photographs are amazing and his information is very tangible for all ages. His books have sparked a major importance of the undersea world in daily life at our house. All of the information our boys gather they share with as many people as possible. David Hall has a series of books made specifically for children called "UNDERSEA ENCOUNTERS" There are many volumes to look at, Octopuses and Squids, Predators of the Sea, Sea Horses and Sea Dragons, Life in a Kelp Forest.
We just purchased his latest book Beneath Cold Seas and we cannot get our noses out of this book. It is both beautiful and informative. Here is a review by our children;
Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

Octopuses and Squids (Undersea Encounters)
"This book is really cool. I like the names of the sea creatures. I love the photographs because they are so cool, we never saw anything like it. The pictures are very detailed and the stories David Hall wrote about his experience are great to listen to. (Jacob 10 1/2 AND Bradley 7 yrs)"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susang on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We see and understand so little of the undersea world. David Hall's photographs are riveting and they draw you to read the texts, which are brief but give you just the right information to take the pictures from being just lovely photographs to actually telling a story about a world I've never seen. My feeling of connection to and responsibility for ocean life is truly heightened after spending time with this book. And it is just stunning to keep looking at!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maggie on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is magnificent. The underwater images are unlike anything I've ever seen -- haunting and gorgeous. David Hall's stories about his diving experiences are equally riveting. It's an amazing book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hyman VINE VOICE on May 25, 2013
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If you live in the Pacific Northwest and need a gift for someone, look no further. This book is amazing. It is one of the most gorgeous nature photography books I've seen. The author's photographs have to be seen to be believed. I've always looked at our local water as being murky and freezing, and had no idea of the kaleidoscope of colors beneath the waves. The photographs are crisp, colorful, serene, stunning, otherworldly ... in short, just amazing. The accompanying text is also quite nice, giving a sense of where the photographer was and some of the challenges and adventures in taking the photographs.

I really enjoy good nature photography, and this is among the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roxann Hirst on February 16, 2012
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This is a beautiful and inspiring book. The author is knowledgeable of Puget Sound underwater photo subjects and I found myself saying "I need to try that" many times as I poured through the pages. As an underwater photographer I would have liked information about the equipment and setting used for each photo included in the "Notes on the Photographs".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann K on November 16, 2011
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I have been diving all over the world, cold water diving as well, but I have never seen such beautiful pictures with a preface connecting them to nature. Everyone should see this book - so we will preserve our oceans for future generations
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Skilled diver David Hall is obsessed with the weird cold-water ecosystems found off the northern Pacific Coast, with their iridescent squid, ghostly salmon, glow-in-the-dark jellyfish, psychedelic nudibranchs, curious seals and neon anemones. It is a great gift to all of us landlubbers that Hall is also a photographer who, through state-of-the-art equipment, innovative techniques and plenty of fearless gumption, captures this hidden world in glorious images rich in color, detail and ecological context. It is bewildering to learn what unseen life dwells just off of our local shores, and how little we know about this mysterious and beautiful world.
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David Hall's photographs have appeared in hundreds of books, magazines, calendars and other print media. His photography has earned many honors, among them two first place awards in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a first place in the Sierra competition and first place in the Nature's Best competition. He has written for photographic, scientific, natural history and dive publications, and is the co-author of ten marine life books for children in Scholastic's Undersea Encounters series. In 2010 he was the recipient of an award from the International Institute for Species Exploration, for co-authoring the scientific description of Histiophryne psychedelica, the amazing "psychedelic frogfish."

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